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John Gorka and Paula Cole take the Stages

National Music Acts Play at the BioPark This Week

John Gorka performs at the Botanic Garden on June 20, 2014.

June 18, 2014

This week’s Summer Nights and Zoo Music concerts feature two nationally recognized artists. Singer-songwriter John Gorka brings masterful storytelling to the Botanic Garden on Thursday, June 19 and seven-time Grammy Award nominee Paula Cole shares her unique flavor of pop-rock at the Zoo on Friday, June 20.

For Western fans of singer-songwriter John Gorka, his visit to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is a once-in-a-season opportunity. Amid a slew of concerts in Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Albuquerque is his only performance scheduled west of the Mississippi this summer. Dubbed a “preeminent” voice in the New Folk Movement by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1991, Gorka has shared the stage with Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson, who have also both performed at the BioPark in recent years.

“We were able to bring John Gorka into the line-up late in our planning, and we couldn’t be happier to host him here in Albuquerque,” said Maryann Torrez, BioPark events manager. “We’re also excited to have Paula Cole on the grand piano at the Zoo on Friday night.”

caption:Paula Cole performs at Zoo Music on June 21, 2014.Paula Cole is one of the iconic women in music from the 1990s, making waves with her 1996 album, “This Fire,” which led to seven Grammy Award nominations. The album’s second song, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” rose to number 8 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1997 and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” was used as the theme song for the teen hit show “Dawson’s Creek.”  Cole released Raven, her most recent album--the sixth of her career--in April 2013. Wild Beats music newsletter subscribers can enjoy a free download of the “Strong Beautiful Woman” remix.

Summer Nights and Zoo Music concerts tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate. Prices are: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65+); $3 children (3-12); Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets for BioPark members are half-price.

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